As technology expands, many companies find their decisions around on-premise versus cloud-hosted solutions some of the most important. The one requirement companies agree upon is that data transparency is essential. Some certainties you can expect in the year ahead may not surprise you, but they are worth consideration as your company plans to upgrade or expand server technologies. There are a number server-based trends to think about that might impact your IT decisions in 2021:
Data. With data as the most significant asset for most businesses in every industry, it’s important to note that today’s “edge computing” (data geographically housed) is becoming more desirable as the data produced by billions of intelligent devices is increasing and creating new challenges like never before. Now may be the best time to get ready for bigger, closer data.
Transparency. Whether or not data is on-premise, cloud-based, or accessed using a hybrid model, IT transparency is the priority. Planning a custom data center solution for an enterprise is key, with the highest priority as data security at every level.
Server Technology. As companies migrate toward software-defined storage and networks in a data-first environment that includes the Internet of Things, there is a greater demand for updated on-premise alternatives and edge solutions—companies are choosing x86 servers with app-specific hardware for graphics, image processing, and other tasks. Server technology is fast becoming more popular in the cloud.
Rack Power. While rack power has been consistent for at least a decade, trends toward 360-degree solutions that are compatible with artificial intelligence applications are driving power rack densities. In fact, a PRNewsWire press release headline reads, “Data Center Rack Server Market Worth 90.56 Billion USD by 2021.” In a research report by Markets and Markets, they claim, “the market is estimated to grow from USD 36.47 Billion in 2016 to USD 90.56 Billion by 2021 …”
Cloudless Servers. This approach in computing doesn’t remove servers altogether but rather makes server management seamless and nearly invisible. At Medium.com, author Sajjad Hussain discusses this trend: “A cloudless server is a technology that implements functions in the cloud on a necessary basis. Enterprises rely on serverless computing because it provides space to work on core products without the pressure to operate or manage servers.” As the future of cloud computing advances, more and more companies want to rely on third parties for servers that can be housed and remotely managed by the third party. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) states,” Cloudless Computing dissolves the distinction between the private cloud and the public cloud.” They claim, “Nobody wants to buy a server. People just want their software to run.”
Migration to Cloud. Statistics show that nearly all workloads will run in some variation of a cloud environment by 2021. While companies currently run on hybrid cloud solutions, it is likely that legacy on-premise solutions will in fact be virtualized. Workload-dedicated servers are simply going out, with containers and virtual machines taking the lead. In many cases, there is too much traffic for companies to go another direction.
Security Security Security. It’s the worldwide necessity that never gets fully resolved—security. Cloud solutions tend to win out in the area of increased managed security. There are ongoing improvements in governance and protocols for data center cloud security, especially at a time when advancing technologies also lead to new cybersecurity threats. There are also a number of cloud security methods that contribute to heightened security: multi-factor authentication (MFA), user-managed authorization, new remote monitoring solutions, and secure backup and recovery alternatives. Cloud service providers are some of the most informed in the industry.
Economic Recovery and Technology
As worldwide economies and businesses attempt get back on track since the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, technological improvements and remote workforces have expanded beyond expectations. The hardships are not to go unnoticed, but server technology is a significant factor in a worldwide economic recovery and preparing for a next-generation workforce.
Companies cannot stop evaluating their IT infrastructure and the direction for the future. Contact a representative from Rackco.com to share information about your existing environment and learn how to transition to the best server, power rack and clouding hosting solutions for your organization. Now is a good time to be proactive and preventative in terms of your IT environment. Don’t wait for another unexpected disaster to change the way you are doing business. Now is the time.